I am so excited today, because I went to have coffee with my dear friend
Sandra Holdsworth. She shared that she had been to the Transplant Games
in Vancouver, BC, in July (2018) and excuse me… she came home with not
one but two medals and a beautiful trophy!!
“Sandra, I’m so proud of you. Tell us the story!”
S: The medals are from table tennis. It was a special day for me because
it was my 54th birthday. I received the gold for women over 50 and the silver
for mixed doubles! It was a lot of fun to participate with everyone. It’s my 9th Transplant Games. I think I’m the only athlete to compete in all nine!
The trophy, I was the recipient of was at the Gala. It is in memory of Gloria,
one of the founders of the Canadian Transplant Association. And what is
special to me is that previous recipients are past friends of mine—mentors.
So it’s a real honour to receive and help promote awareness.
Y: You are so passionate about creating awareness and you are an organ
recipient—a liver transplant almost 22 years ago. You’ve always been grateful, sharing the message; “Let’s all be organ donors!” Because it saves families
and it saves lives.
S: It’s my way of giving back and it’s a way of saying thank you to my donor family, and to give people the opportunity to become part of the transplant community and attend the games where you make friends for life.
Y: Amazing! I attended the Transplant Games two years ago in Toronto and
it was magical! I loved every minute of it. Sandra, thank you for everything that you do to raise awareness. Congratulations on your medals and trophy.
And what does everyone need to do?
S: Please register your intention to be a donor (here)
and discuss your wishes with your family!
Organ donation saves families, saves lives
and it is an incredible gift!
We should all be registered organ donors.
I’m am. Are you?
Thank you for being part of our community!
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